The changing internet

Filed under: Technology — 11:53 am

Next time you sit down to pay your cable-modem or DSL bill, consider this: Most Japanese consumers can get an Internet connection that’s 16 times faster than the typical American DSL line for a mere $22 per month.

Across the globe, it’s the same story. In France, DSL service that is 10 times faster than the typical United States connection; 100 TV channels and unlimited telephone service cost only $38 per month. In South Korea, super-fast connections are common for less than $30 per month. Places as diverse as Finland, Canada and Hong Kong all have much faster Internet connections at a lower cost than what is available here. In fact, since 2001, the U.S. has slipped from fourth to 16th in the world in broadband use per capita. While other countries are taking advantage of the technological, business and education opportunities of the broadband era, America remains lost in transition.

‘Blue Pill’ Prototype Creates 100% Undetectable Malware

Filed under: Computer Security,Technology — 8:56 am


A security researcher with expertise in rootkits has built a working prototype of new technology that is capable of creating malware that remains “100 percent undetectable,” even on Windows Vista x64 systems.

New e-voting study shows it’s really easy to steal an election

Filed under: Bush Whacked,Conspiracy,Politics,Technology — 8:47 am

On Tuesday, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s law school released the most comprehensive study to date on the state of electronic voting. The extensive report is a painful read for anyone concerned about the future of democracy, because it shows just how brain-dead easy it is to rig an election with three popular electronic voting systems: direct recording electronic (DRE), DRE with voter verified paper trail, and precinct count optical scan.

I have this fantasy where I organize a group of computer science types who’ve been working for years on electronic voting problems and we write a book called, How To Steal a National Election: An Step-by-Step Handbook. The book would come complete with everything from discussions of the theory underlying how you could steal a presidential election by rigging a few key counties, to a nuts-and-bolts, “push this, pull here, type in this command” guide to how to rig specific machine models. We’d also include a CD with source code, applications, schematics, all the other tools the modern election fraudster needs. I feel that if there were some way to make clear just how real this threat is and just how easy it is to actually steal and election, maybe folks could get motivated to care. But maybe I’m just fantasizing.

House lifts offshore drilling ban

Filed under: Bush Whacked,Environment,Politics — 8:39 am

Congress has taken a major step toward allowing oil and gas drilling in coastal waters that have been off limits for a quarter-century.

Justices, 5-3, Broadly Reject Bush Plan to Try Detainees

Filed under: Bush Whacking,The Law — 8:37 am

The Supreme Court on Thursday repudiated the Bush administration’s plan to put Guantánamo detainees on trial before military commissions, ruling broadly that the commissions were unauthorized by federal statute and violated international law.


Opinion: Sticking with AT&T? You’re a fool

Filed under: Technology — 11:01 pm

AT&T’s new “privacy” policy for its Internet and video services is way out of line — an insult to genuine security efforts and a brassy attempt to make its profits your problem. The announced policy changes may just be a sign that cynically attaching the “war on terrorism” label to business initiatives has reached a new low, but anyone out there who believes that AT&T has announced this sweeping new data-collection policy to support the government’s fight against terrorism is truly a fool. This new privacy policy goes way beyond even the most absurd arguments for monitoring Internet users.

Senate Panel Rejects Net Neutrality

Filed under: Bush Whacked,Politics,Technology — 11:00 pm

Bend over for the GOP and Corporate World one more time…

If [broadband providers] get their way, not only will you have to pay more for faster speeds, you’ll have to pay more for something you get for free today: unfettered access to every site on the World Wide Web,” Wyden said on the Senate floor. “To me, that’s discrimination, pure and simple.”

“These people who argue they ought to be able to drop all this stuff on the Internet maybe ought to build their own network,” Stevens said.

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